Haldanes has officially fallen into administration.
The supermarket chain revealed it was seeking an administration order two weeks ago for Haldanes Stores Ltd and Ruston Retail Ltd. The P&A Partnership was officially appointed as administrator late last night.
Haldane Retail Group Ltd, UGO Stores Ltd, Haldanes Express Ltd and Bakery Products Ltd are unaffected.
Haldanes shut its 23 stores last week, with the loss of hundreds of jobs. But administrators Brendan Guilfoyle and Chris White confirmed three stores - in Tattershall, Wigton and Crieff - have since reopened. A website has been set up to help affected staff, insolvency4employees.co.uk.
“Our priority is to provide support for former employees,” said Guilfoyle. “This new website will give them guidance and advice on entitlements, including how to make claims to the Redundancy Payments Office.”
P&A already has a connection with Haldanes. It was the administrator to Scarborough-based Woodhead Bakery, part of which was acquired by Bakery Products in April.
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